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Poster: northstar dead Date: Sep 24, 2007 9:16am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: On the Road Again

Always a welcomed song to get them bones shakin.


http://www.archive.org/details/gd82-04-19.sbd.clugston.2316.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Sep 24, 2007 9:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: On the Road Again

Great song, love it. I have a question though. Why is the content of Money Money so forbidden,taboo,offensive to people but talking how fat girls will run off on you without even cooking you dinner, AND not to mention one of my all time favorite line " natural born easement" , why doesn't this get the same people panties in a bunch?

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Poster: Scrim Date: Sep 24, 2007 11:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: On the Road Again

I always thought they said "natural born eastman", so I had to look up the lyrics. I always faked it through that part!


Why I married me a bad girl, tell you the reason why
Bad girls will even do things on the sly
Look for your supper to be good and hot
She never even put a stew bone in the pot

She's on the road again, sure as you're born
Natural born easy on the road again

Friend come by, say looking for his hat
Wants to know where your husband's at
I don't know, he's on his way to the pen
Come on pretty mama, let's get on the road again

Went to my house the front door was locked
Went 'round to my window, but my window was locked
Jumped right back, shook my head,
Big old rounder in my folding bed
Jumped into the window, broke the glass
Never seen that little rounder run so fast

Come on pretty mama, let's get on the road again

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Sep 24, 2007 11:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: On the Road Again

Are you sure? I alwasy thought it was EASEMENT - you know, like public access property. Certainly fit the meaningo f the song. And certainly makes it more funny imo.

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Poster: Scrim Date: Sep 24, 2007 12:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: On the Road Again

Hmmmm, interesting. I did a little more research, and there is some confusion about what the lyrics are supposed to be. Below is some contect I got from the following site http://www3.clearlight.com/~acsa/introjs.htm?/~acsa/songfile/ON1THERO.HTM


A song played by the Dead in 1966 (and before that in Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions), then dropped until it was reintroduced for a spell in the early 1980s, primarily in acoustic sets. It was sung by Garcia in the 60's and Weir in the 80's. These are the lyrics sung by Bob Weir:

Would not my fat girl tell you the reason why? (note 1)
Fat girls will even do things on the sly
Look for your dinner to be good and hot
She never even put a stew-bone in the pot

Chorus
She's on the road again, sure as you're born
Natural born eastman on the road again (note 2)
She's on the road again, sure as you're born

Friend comes by, says he's looking for his hat
Wants to know where's your husband's at
Say I don't know, he's on the way to the pen
Come on pretty momma let's get on the road again

[chorus]

I went to my house, my front door was locked
Went round to the window, found my window was locked
Jumped right back, I shook my head
Big old rounder in my folding bed
Shot through the window, broke the glass
Never seen that little rounder run so fast

[chorus]

Notes
(1) this line is difficult to decipher from the recordings. It's more clearly "fat girl" on the Dead Ahead video than on the Reckoning CD (and both were recorded during the same run of shows in 1980). This fits with what Garcia sang in 1966 - and seems to be a bowdlerisation of the Memphis Jug Band's version which has "black girl"
(2) there's often confusion about what's sung here: is it
"natural born easy, on the road again"
"natural born ease, been on the road again"
"natural born, he's been on the road again"
or even "natural born easement on the road again"
I believe it's either
"natural born easeman, on the road again" or
"natural born eastman, on the road again"
See the research by Gorgen Antonsson which explains the background to these phrases.


Jerry Garcia's version from the '60s is pretty similar:
Well I went to my fat girl, I'll tell you why
Fat girls even do things on the sly
Look for your soup to be good and hot
She never even put a soup-bone in the pot

Chorus
She's on the road again, sure as you're born
Natural born eastman on the road again
She's on the road again, sure as you're born

I went to my door, and my door was locked
I went to my window and my window was locked
Jumped right back, I shook my head
Great big rounder in my folding bed
Shot through the window, broke the glass
Never seen that little rounder run so fast

[chorus]

Well your friend comes to your house, in his Stetson hat
Wants to know where's your husband's at
Say I don't know, he's on the way to the pen
Come on pretty momma let's get on the road again

[chorus]

The Dead's version is based closely on that of the Memphis Jug Band, recorded in 1928 - with some changes for political correctness! This is what Will Shade sang:
Wouldn't that black woman tell you the reason why
Black woman even do things on the sly
You look for your supper to be good and hot
She never put a neck-bone in the pot

Chorus
She's on the road again, sure as you're born
Lord a natural easeman on the road again
She's on the road again, sure as you're born
Lord a natural easeman on the road again

I went to my window, my window was propped
I went to my door, my door was locked
I stepped right back, I shook my head
A big black nigger in my folding bed
I shot through the window, I broke the glass
I never seen a little nigger run so fast

[chorus]

Your friend comes to your house, [?indecipherable?] hat
Let your moma know know where your husband's at
Says I don't know he's on the way to the pen
Come on moma let's get on the road again

[chorus]

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Sep 24, 2007 12:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: On the Road Again

but what the heck would eastman or whatever mean? Those line don't make any sense

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Poster: Scrim Date: Sep 24, 2007 12:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: On the Road Again

A person born in the east?

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Poster: northstar dead Date: Sep 24, 2007 12:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: On the Road Again

Yeah, them shaddy eastman guys. Watch out for them.

Don't Eastman in...Don't Eastman in..I been all night long

This post was modified by northstar dead on 2007-09-24 19:54:10

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Poster: Scrim Date: Sep 24, 2007 12:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: On the Road Again

Definition of easement: an interest held by someone else in another person's property.

I guess the Rounder in this song had an easement on this guy's 'ol lady!

I never though about an easement in this sense before.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Sep 24, 2007 1:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: On the Road Again

this was how I was thinking of it:

" an interest in land owned by another that entitles its holder to a specific limited use or enjoyment; "

or

"

easement


A right to use another person's real estate for a specific purpose. The most common type of easement is the right to travel over another person's land, known as a right of way. In addition, property owners commonly grant easements for the placement of utility poles, utility trenches, water lines or sewer lines. The owner of property that is subject to an easement is said to be "burdened" with the easement, because he or she is not allowed to interfere with its use. For example, if the deed to John's property permits Sue to travel across John's main road to reach her own home, John cannot do anything to block the road. On the other hand, Sue cannot do anything that exceeds the scope of her easement, such as widening the roadway. "

I was thinking of it as public domain - which goes hand in hand with the theme of the song





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Poster: Scrim Date: Sep 24, 2007 4:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: On the Road Again

JOTS - you wouldn't happen to be a land surveyor would you?

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Sep 25, 2007 8:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: On the Road Again

No, but I have an asshole neighbor across the street that went ballistic when I tried to put a mailbox on the edge of his EASEMENT where the post office said I needed to to get mail ( they won't deliver on my side of the road ). Of course I didn't want to get my mail stolen so I forgot it. Fortunately the neighbor on the other side is normal.

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Poster: Scrim Date: Sep 25, 2007 8:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: On the Road Again

Sucks to have crappy neighbors. As you know, it's just better to stay clear sometimes than fight!

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Sep 25, 2007 8:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: On the Road Again

yeah. I prefer to stay away from all my neighbors.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Sep 25, 2007 8:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: On the Road Again

Hey Johnny - talking about mail, any further thoughts on the Wilco shows? Let me know - here or elsewhere.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Sep 25, 2007 8:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: On the Road Again

HELL yeah my friend. I just literally jotted down a few killer looking shows that have me salivating. I was just getting ready to email you. Talk about timing!

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Sep 24, 2007 6:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: On the Road Again

I always thought of an easement as a 'right of way'

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Poster: Scrim Date: Sep 24, 2007 7:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: On the Road Again

An easement is a specific interest someone has in another person's property, but the property owner owns the land. Only the person with whom the interest lies can use the land, and only for the intended use. (i.e. if I have an access easement across your property to get to my home, I can't stop and have a picnic there. The easement is for ingress and egress only.)

A right-of-way is usually something that has been acquired from someone for a specific use (private or public) or dedicated by legislative or platting regulations. Typical r.o.w.'s are acquired or dedicated for roads and railroads, and can be created along trails that were used historically for economic use (i.e. RS2477 trails.)

What can be confusing sometimes is that easements can be right-of-ways when they are dedicated for public use.

Public utility easements are not open to the general public for thoroughfare.

The name of the song is really starting to tie in here. Natural born easement on the road again...

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Sep 25, 2007 7:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: On the Road Again

Cool - thanks for clarification - I'm sure it will give the song whole new meaning in my head next time I hear it.

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Poster: democritus junior Date: Aug 27, 2009 2:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: On the Road Again

An "Eastman" was a pimp, especially one given to flamboyant clothes and being supported by women. Naturally he did not have to work. The term comes from the Eastman gang, one of the last gangs of the Five Points area of NYC in the era 1880-1912 or so. Google "Eastman Gang" and get the whole story on Wikipedia. The Dead of course got it from the version[s] of "Cassie Jones" sung by Furry Lewis.

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Poster: blacklakelight Date: Sep 24, 2007 10:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: On the Road Again


I think it's just timing, "Mars Hotel" came out (and hit number 16 on the Billboard chart, I read last week) in 1974, when the women's movement was in full swing. So, "Money Money" took the hit, not "Dupree's" or what have you. Or Stones-wise, the song "Some Girls," rather than "Stupid Girl" etc.

Now I gotta get back to work, keep my rider in gold and furs.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Sep 24, 2007 11:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: On the Road Again

yeah and not to mention Under My Thumb. Good lord! Doesn't get more sexist than that huh? Still a great song though.

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Sep 24, 2007 9:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: On the Road Again

agree 100%. Would have loved a bust out in later years. Always reminds me of that great Augusta ME show in 1984.

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Poster: BryanE Date: Sep 24, 2007 9:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: On the Road Again

YEAH it was! I was at the Dick's Picks show at Alpine Valley, 8/7/82, and Beat It On Down The Line>On The Road Again was one of the all-time great segues I ever saw them do.

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Poster: barongsong Date: Sep 24, 2007 1:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: On the Road Again

Now that's a song I really wish I'd seen, Lucky man.

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